Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy

Past Event: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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Tickets for this event will be sold at Benaroya Hall starting at 6:00 PM. The event is in the Nordstrom Recital Hall and the box office will be upstairs. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30pm and the event will start at 7:30 PM.

Ariel Levy is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of two books: Female Chauvinist Pigs, a classic work on gender and the rise of “raunch culture,” and, published this year, the searing memoir The Rules Do Not Apply.


Angela Garbes, Seattle-based author of the forthcoming essay collection Like a Mother, will be leading the Q&A session at this event.

A journalist who joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, Ariel Levy has covered subjects such as the South African runner Caster Semenya; the artist Catherine Opie; the swimmer Diana Nyad; and Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that brought down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Levy won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” a harrowing essay about the loss of her baby after 19 weeks of pregnancy, and in March of 2017, Levy released her new best-selling memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, which expands upon her grief and also gives an account of the dissolution of her marriage, her coming-of-age as a writer, and a woman “reckoning with the various cultural scripts that have been written for her gender” (the New York Times).

Levy’s first book, Female Chauvinist Pigs (2005), is a classic work on gender, using “raunch culture” to explore the unresolved conflicts between the women’s movement and the sexual revolution, drawing from her own reporting on women’s collusion in phenomena such as Playboy and Girls Gone Wild. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly praised: “Levy’s insightful reporting and analysis chill the hype of what’s hot. It will create many aha! moments for readers who have been wondering how porn got to be pop and why feminism is such a dirty word.”

Levy was named one of the “Forty Under 40” Most Influential “Out” Individuals in the June/July 2009 edition of The Advocate, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Vogue, Slate, and the New York Times. Before joining The New Yorker, she was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years. She attended Wesleyan University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Angela Garbes is based in Seattle, Washington. Her book Like a Mother, a collection of essays that explore the emerging science and long-standing cultural myths of pregnancy and motherhood, is forthcoming from Harper Wave in May 2018. She was the staff food writer at Seattle newsweekly The Stranger and continues to contribute food and feature stories.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go


Ariel Levy will discuss her work, including her latest book The Rules Do Not Apply. The event will be followed by a Q&A discussion moderated by SAL Executive Director Ruth Dickey.



Third Place Books will have copies of Levy’s work and related titles available for purchase at their table in the lobby.



There will be a book-signing onstage following this event.


Grand Patron & Patron Reception from 6:30–7:15 at the Musicquarium!

Grand Patron and Patron ticket holders, join us for a chance to meet Ariel Levy at the pre-event reception at The Triple Door’s Musiquarium. The Musicquarium is located just across the street from Benaroya Hall off the corner of 3rd Ave. and Union St. Mingle and enjoy light bites and wine thanks to the Triple Door and Wild Ginger. The reception will take place from 6:30–7:15.


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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.


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